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that are already lining up behind a clinton presidential bid punched back aggressively in her defense. so let's start with wednesday. hillary clinton was a bit could i r -- coy about her future. >> can you give us some insight in your tbd in your bio will play out? >> well, i'd really like to, but i have no characters left. i will certainly ponder that. >> but what was clear in that speech and in those remarks is clinton has become a full participant in the invisible primary. she made her most extended defense, for instance, of the health care law. >> -- you insure your car. why? because you don't want something bad to happen to it, so insure yourself because, you know, you don't know whether something bad could happen to you. >> but earlier that same day, she did strike a note of caution on health care, saying this, quote, i think we're on the right track in many respects, but i would be the first to say if things aren't working, then we need people of good faith to come together and make evidence-based changes. now, republicans jumped on those comments by hillary clinton, but you should kno
. senator marco rubio mentioned a missile defense shield in eastern europe, but he wouldn't go any further than that. >> if you're asking me whether the u.s. should be taking military strikes against russian troops in ukraine or crimea, i would argue to you i don't think anyone is advocating for that. >> the obama administration is doing what it can to try to isolate moscow on the international stage. the u.s. and six other members of the g8 suspended a meeting to be held in june. members are likely to seek mediation. they're not crazy about economic sangs that might risk billions in trade between the e. urchlts and russia. one by one, the world leaders, the pope have come out urging restraint, but russia is forging ahead. this morning, foreign minister sergey lavrov insisted his government is acting in its own defense. here's nbc's jim maceda who has more from moscow. >> reporter: putin now has his hand on the russian crown jewel. crimea gives putin an essential warm water port, and it counters in his mind the nightmare scenario. that's what he sees as an ultranationalist government sudde
defense official is discussing ukraine with nato members in brusse brussels, as well. so, kristen, what's emerging, it seems in this -- from the swirl of diplomacy is a couple of end games. the russian plan and the western plan, if you will. washington and berlin pushing hard now for something that would include international observers to replace the russian or pro-russian forces in crimea, direct talks between russia and kiev, and new elections in may. now, reduction erussians want t return of viktor yanukovych to head a national unity government and new elections in december, so there's a gulf between the two sides, but at least the two sides are talking again. kristen if, that doesn't work, don't expect to see russian forces pulling back from crimea anytime soon. back to you. >> all right. jim maceda, thank you for that reporting from moscow. we appreciate it. >>> joining me now, california republican ed royce, chairman of the house foreign affairs committee, holding a hearing on ukraine tomorrow. thank you so much for joining me this morning, congressman. appreciate it. >> thank you
this time. this week, defense secretary chuck hagel detailed what he described as difficult choices to reduce military spending and cut back the overall size of u.s. forces. among the proposals in the defense department's 2015 budget, shrinking the army from 522,000 to 440,000, the lowest level since 1940. that would save $3.5 billion by retiring the air force's entire a-10 fleet. it would place half of the navy's cruiser fleet in reduced operating status. reforming military compensation packages. and then, also, asking congress for yet another round of base closing and realignments in 2017. now, secretary hagel said tuesday the recommendations were made after weighing the risks against fiscal reality. >> the world's unpredictable. i get that. you have to be prepared. i get that. but you also have to use some common sense. would you rather have more soldiers than less? of course, you would. of course, you would. but it's also the reality, if we couldn't have unlimited resources here. >> now, the pentagon's budget, it depends on what you want to call a cut. right now, it's set at $49
as a defense if they're sued for failing to provide service. the bill was inspired by a new mexico supreme court ruling against a wedding photographer who refused service to a same-sex couple, and it massed quickly through the very conservative-controlled state legislature in arizona last week. in the last few days, pressure on brewer to veto the bill has grown from almost every corner. the arizona story crossed the threshold from political feeding frenzy into the mainstream. it was showing up on every platform yesterday, from espn to late-night talk shows. and though brewer claimed she was not influenced by cheers and boos from the crowd, it was clear from the outset that her state, whose reputation has already been tarnished over the years in the wake of the state's 2010 immigration law, had a lot to lose. on wednesday, the nfl, quote, began investigating the necessary steps to move next season's super bowl from the phoenix area. prompting memories of 1993 when the super bowl was moved from tempe, arizona, to pasadena because arizona had voted against establishing a martin luther king ho
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